9/30/2009

Autumn...Sweet Autumn!

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It's Tablescape Thursday!

Hello my friends...so happy to see you today!

It's Thursday and we all know what that means...time for tablescaping! Tablescape Thursday is hosted by our very own Susan over at Between Naps on the Porch! Thank you, Susan...for being such a gracious hostess and for giving us the opportunity to share our tablescapes!!!

Please go over and see Susan today and while you're there you will find a list of all the "Tablescape Thursday" participants!
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"It's Fall Ya'll"
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I'm also joining in with the "It's Fall Ya'll" fall party today....hosted by Ms. Rhoda over at Southern Hospitality!
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Ohhh...there's just nothin' better than a great party to celebrate the Fall Season! I guarantee that you won't want to miss this...won't you please go over and visit Rhoda and while you're there you can check out all of the other fall party participants!
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Thank you, Rhoda for hosting this fun filled Fall party for us!!!
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"Autumn...Sweet Autumn"

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Ahhh....Sweet Autumn!!! I guess by now that you've pretty well figured out that I love Autumn!!! It's my favorite season of the year! I just love everything about Autumn...the cooler days...the warm, vibrant colors...the titillating textures...Ahhhh!!!
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I'm so excited about getting to do my very first tablescape of the Autumn season! I few weeks ago...I found the prettiest Autumn dishes at TJ Maxx! It was love at first sight! Hehe!
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Without further ado...my Autumn tablescape called "Autumn...Sweet Autumn"
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My French Country Dining Room

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This is our French Country dining room! It's dressed in it's Fall finery and ready to greet the season! For more of my dining room Autumn decorating...just click HERE.
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As you can see...my little French Country dining room is decorated in shades of dark reds, olive greens, and golds! This color scheme is very conducive for Autumn decor...I love it!!!
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An Autumn Table's Centerpiece

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The Table Centerpiece
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An Autumn Apothecary Jar...
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This is a wire apothecary jar that I purchased from JC Penneys last summer. It's a nice sized piece measuring about 21 in. tall. I gave it a new Autumn look for Marty's September Cloche Party! I filled the apothecary jar with ceramic pumpkins and gourds that I purchased from the Dollar Tree...and a few other autumn pretties! To see how I put this together...you can go HERE.
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I added a couple of Autumn floral picks around the base of the apothecary jar...I just love the look of autumn leaves, berries, and acorns!
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Roseville Pottery Candleholders...
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I then added two Roseville pottery candleholders with beige tapers to each side of the apothecary jar. These beautiful Roseville pottery candleholders are a recent treasure find. They were in an old box in my in-laws storage...covered in dirt! I couldn't even tell what color they were when honey brought them home...hehe! They are Roseville's "Clematis" pattern in autumn brown...ca 1944. You can imagine my surprise while I was giving them a good washing! Hehe!
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An "artsy" photo! This was done using Photobucket's photo effects. I just love this look!!!
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The Table Linens

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I liken the table linens to the beautiful backdrop of a scene in a play. They set the stage...the production of all that is to come! In this case, the table linens set the stage for the beautiful dishware and the food that will be served!!!
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Autumn Layering For Warmth...
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Since this is an Autumn tablescape, I chose to use a layered effect...something that we often do with our autumn decor...layering for warmth! First layer: I used an antique gold colored tablecloth that I made several years ago. I love the color and the beautiful embroidered tone-on-tone stitching of this fabric! Second layer: an olive green, leaf shaped placemat. Third layer: a woven charger plate! I found the pretty autumn colored plaid dinner napkins recently at TJ Maxx...they are the exact same colors of the new dinnerware! The coppery colored autumn leaf napkin rings were found at Walmart.
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The Place Setting

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And here are my new Autumn dishes! Ohhh...how I love them!!! They have all of my favorite things...autumn reds, greens, oranges, and yellows...and...BIRDS!!! It just doesn't get any better!!!
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The Salad/Dessert Plate...
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Love the coordinating salad/dessert plate with the sweet birds!
I only paid $2.99 ea. for these!
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Do you know what kind of birds these might be? I thought they might be chickadees?
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I don't see a name of the pattern but they are manufactured by Royal Stafford of Burslem, England.
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The Dinner Plate...
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Ohhh...so beautiful and sooo perfect for an Autumn table! If you look closely to the pattern of the dinner plate...you can see a type of weaving effect! I thought the woven charger plates would be the perfect backdrop to showcase this pretty dinnerware!
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These are large plates measuring 11" in diameter. They were only $3.99 ea.!
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The Cup and Plate
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Although this cup and plate are a different pattern, they were showcased with the Royal Stafford dinnerware...they coordinate beautifully with them...don't you think? I just love this little cup and salad/dessert plate...the basket weave border, fruit, and birds are embossed or raised above the dish!
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The cups and plates were only $1.99 ea. I found four cups...and now for the bad news...I could only find two of the plates! I've been back to TJ Maxx a couple of times...but no luck! I would at least like to have a couple more plates
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Amber colored stemware that I've had for awhile. I think I found them at Walmart during an "After Christmas" sale...if I recall correctly...I gave a dollar for these!
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Are you ready for a warm, friendly autumn dinner?
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Autumn...Sweet Autumn!!!

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Well my friends...I'm so happy that you came by for a visit today! I hope that you enjoyed this "Autumn...Sweet Autumn" tablescape! Please leave me a comment and let me know that you were here...I'd love to visit with you!!!
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Oh yes, and before I forget...I finally finished my third and last project for the "Three Projects in Three Weeks" challenge! Yeeeehawwww!!!
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This challenge was issued by dear, sweet Barb over at Treasures From The Heart!
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Thank you, Barb...this was so much fun!!! I know that I'm a couple of days late at getting this out...I do apologize but I DID FINISH!!! Hehe!


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Love ya'll,

Chari

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PS...I did something a little differently this post! Could you tell? Hehe! I usually use the flash setting on my camera when taking photos...this time I took the photos without using the flash! I really was surprised at the difference...a more natural look! However, I also found out that the lighting better be good to do this! So what do ya'll think?

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88 comments:

Brenda said...

I'm so envious of your bird dishes! And they look so perfect with your pretty cloth napkins and leaf napkin rings. Such an elegant table setting! As for the flash, I never use it. I'd rather have an overhead light on than use the flash. I like yours much better without it.
Brenda

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Your centerpiece is awesome, but your bird dishes are just absolutely stunning. What a gorgeous tablescape. I think this one is my favorite of all. Just love it. Hugs, Marty

Kim @ Starshine Chic said...

Chari,
I love, love, love your tablescape. And the dishes!!! Girl, they are fabulous. I love the little birdies and even the colors. I'm not usually one for fall colors, but you are right, they make you feel warm & cozy. And you are right about taking photos without flash, you need good light. But the photos do look more natural. Your tablescape is beautiful as always. It's finally starting to feel like fall here. I hope it lasts. Take care & I'll be talking with you again soon.
Kim

Debbie @ The Shabby Bungalow said...

Wow your table looks fantastic. I love your bird plates - thought it was a chaffinch at first but now I;m not to sure. I'm not very good on birds!!! Thanks so much for popping by my blog and I have added you to my blog roll so I can keep up to date

salmagundi said...

Chari- Beautiful!!! Love the new dishes especially the large dinner plates. I'll keep my eye open for the cup plates for you when I go to TJMaxx in Colorado Springs next time. Thanks for stopping by today - now make that appointment for your mammogram!!! Take care, Sally

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Just another beautiful Chari table...girl I love the way those chargers match he little plates...Your centerpiece is awesome that you made...I can't tell you put alot of time into doing this great table my friend...Thanks so much for sharing this...your photos are wonderful girl...Hope you have a great day girl...been thinking of you, Take care my friend...Love ya sis...Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Chari my dear!
This is fabulous! This is one of my all time favorite tables! The colors, the birds, the gorgeous china and centerpiece. I would love to be having dinner with you at that gorgeous table! I am so envious of whoever does get to enjoy it! Those little cups and saucers you found at TJ Maxx are so perfect with the other china. You will love this setting for years to come, hope all is well with you and your family. We got down to 27 degrees last night! Yikes my summer went bye bye. Oh, and your pics look wonderful either way, I have always though you have some of the best photos~ Hugs, Cindy

9405018--Pat said...

Love your new dishes...and your tablescape was perfect for fall...thanks for sharing...pat H

Sonia said...

Oh Chari,
I must say..you have out-done yourself...such a beautiful tablescape! I absolutely love those plates with the sweet little birds...your table accessories are just so perfect..the colors of fall-my favorite season! That apothecary wire jar is such a great focal centerpiece...and i love that you can peek inside and see the pumpkins ....I've never seen one like it! Happy Autumn Chari! (I'm off to Napa this weekned with my honey...can't wait to see Napa and the turning leaves.) Miss Bloomers/Sonia

Barb said...

Chari,
Great job getting that 3rd project done!!

Love your room and decor.
Red walls, rich fall colors. love it!!!

thank you so much for joining in with us on the 3 in 3 challenge.

Now, if you want to stay motivated, Get R Done and come join us on Fridays.

blessings
barbara jean

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

Beautiful Fall decorating and table, Chari!!

Sandy said...

Chari,
Your centerpeice is beautiful, and those dishes are to die for and then there's the napkins and napkin rings. Breathtaking tablescaape, everything is just perfect.
Sandy

Barb~Bella Vista said...

Chari, your table is beautiful. I love the abundant use of gold. The color gold makes my heart beat faster....I adore it.

Your centerpiece is to die for!!!!

Hugs, Barb ♥

Carolyn said...

Hi Chari,
As always you have set a pretty table and your dining room is a perfect setting.It looks so warm and cozy with your autumn colors.
I love the natural light best and rarely use my flash.

Carolyn

Sandi (Meme) said...

you never cease to amaze me with your talent

love the new dishes

Have a great week!

Dining Delight said...

What a lovely dining room and your 'scape goes perfectly with it! The centerpiece is wonderfully unique. Love those new bird plates and the mugs are terrific too. Hope you can find some more of those plates!

DD

Jane (Frugal Fine Living) said...

Gorgeous! I love that centerpiece and those bird dishes are fabulous!

Jane

ceekay said...

I hardly ever use my flash. Your pictures are lovely. I am like you and love the Fall. The colors are all my favorites. Your table is gorgeous!! Just Gorgeous! Happy TT!

once in a blue moon... said...

fabulous from top to bottom! i have those same dishes too and love them, they scream fall in the best way!

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

Love those bird dishes and all the fall color in your country french dining room. So pretty, That centerpiece is stunning too.

D said...

Hi,
Your dining room is elegant. I have those bird plates. I was lucky and got all 4 designs. You can see the designs on one of my tablescapes. I, however, did not get to get the cups. :(

D @ sunnysideofthesunporch

podso said...

It all looks wonderful, my friend. The lighting is good. It doesn't look like you have a lot of light there, but you probably do to not use a flash. I like the cup on the red leaf plate! Sweet! You worked hard on all of this!

Sue said...

I would love to have those bird dishes- the patterns are so gorgrous! You did an excellent job of putting this table together, Chari! It looks so warm, cozy and inviting.
hugs, Sue

santamaker said...

Hi Chari,
I agree, Fall is my fav time too! Oh, goodness, girl...your table is so beautiful..the centerpiece and my favorite are the dishes. Lovely!

Cathy said...

I am just crazy for your bird dishes...they are GORGEOUS!!! I love them...I want them...I NEED THEM...hehe!!!

Your tablescape is stunning...the rich colors ar perfect for Autumn...love them...so warm and cozy!!!

Simply BEAUTIFUL!!!

Enjoy!!!
XOXO
Cathy

susan said...

Chari-You've outdone yourself! The new bird china is beautiful and I can't believe the candle holders you "unearthed" :) Love those "artsy" shots!

xinex said...

You are so good in putting things together, Chari. I love those bird plates but everything else is very pretty also. Please come visit me particularly this Friday. I am showing my whole house as requested by Cheri who is featuring it. Thanks...Christine

Janie's World said...

Beautiful table. I love all the textures and warm, cozy colors. Those bird plates are so pretty, I love them!

Julie said...

Such an elegant table setting...I am in love with the bird dishes...
xoxo
Julie

Sherri S said...

Beautiful! Stunning! Everything is amazing and I love the photos without the flash.

niartist said...

Beautiful photos Chari! Your dining room is gorgeous, and those plates are magnificent! your tablescapes never disappoint! Stop by my blog soon! I've got a giveaway - hot to that I think you might like for a spooky tablescape for 4! :)

Kathryn @ Bonafide Southern said...

You have really outdone yourself with this gorgeous table! I'm so glad you shared it with us. The centerpiece is breathtaking. Happy TT to you!

Barb said...

Chari,
I forgot to mention: If mr link guy is still up at Tams', you should get your name on there.
That way more people can see your project if they are still out and about.

hugs

Barbara jean

Bunny Jeans Decor... and More! said...

I almost fell out of my chair when I saw your little bird dishes AND the cups! I just got those same dishes... but didn't know there were also cups.

I was lucky enough to find salt and pepper shakers that look as if they match, but the markings on the bottom are different.

I actually have three extra plates that I was going to return. Two have very tiny little chips (one on the rim and the other under the rim) and both are hard to see. In fact I only noticed them after I felt them.

Let me know if you are interested and I will put pictures of them on my website. (I will let you have them for what I paid for them)

ALSO, if anyone has the matching CUPS in the four different patterns... please let me know.

I was going to use them in a tablescape... as soon as I found the cups!

Michelle said...

Beautiful! Charming and warm, I loved it. I added as a follower, Stop by and visit me soon.
Michelle

Sandy said...

Chari, I absolutely LOVE your decorating and design and your blog! I am so glad that I found it. Everything is so fantastic, really!
I was wondering if you might remember what color of red did you use for your dining room? It is so nice! Thanks for sharing your great ideas.

Dawn said...

I just love those dishes with the birds.

About your question, I never posted on RMS. Just had a number and went around looking for ideas. I'm pretty sure there are several photos of your dining room printed out and in my inpiration file!
Hugs,
Dawn

Tammy518 said...

You have a beautiful dining room. I love, love, love those plates! Anything with birds on it really catches my eye. Your centerpiece is so pretty.

Allison Shops said...

The bird dishes are great! Love the napkins....Must go buy some!

black eyed susans kitchen said...

It is all so fabulously coordinated! The music and the table setting. I just love the way you mixed the vintage candle holders (which are just gorgeous) with the more modern dishware. This is one of my favorite tablescapes!
♥, Susan

Jessica said...

This is absolutely beautiful. I adore your dining room and those bird dishes...oh my! I must go to TJ Max ( never been there ) but I do know where one is and I think it may be worth the drive. :)

I just love this...thanks for sharing.

All the best~ J

Maggie B said...

Bonjour Chari.
Love it all especially the centrepiece & the English china
a bientot
Maggie

Cynthia said...

Love the centerpiece. Your table looks fabulous. Thanks for sharing and have a great day!

Chandy said...

Chari, your room is just gorgeous with all that fall colors and those plates are just wonderful! Great finds, dear friend and your eye for detail is simply amazing!

Lou Cinda said...

Your photos are stunning!! And I LOVE the bird dishes! They are SO beautiful!!! Elegant and classy!!

LOVE IT!

Lou Cinda :)

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

This is really beautiful! Yes, we were on the same wave link with our similar TT this time! Yours is very elegant! I like the wire apothecary jar, never seen one before!

Great job!

Katherine

common ground said...

Your dining room is just fabulous, and your tablescape has me drooling. The Staffordshire bird plates are just gorgeous!
Debra

Marie said...

Hello sweet Chari - where do I start? Your dining room is the most beautiful I've ever seen. Seriously. And your table decor is stunning. What a unique apothecary jar! And my absolute fave is the birdie dessert plate. Reminds me of my Gramma Bea who loved sweet little birdies.

Blessings,
Marie
http://emmacallsmemama.com

Glenda/MidSouth said...

It is all so pretty. What a pretty room.

Blue Creek Home said...

Beautiful!!!
I love the bird china!
Rhonda

Southerncook said...

Chari, Loved your TT post and those bird plates are just gorgeous. Thank you for visiting my blog and you asked about my tea cup and saucer. I have a whole set of dishes in this pattern and use it for my everyday. It is by Villroy & Boch and the pattern is Audin Ferme. I love this pattern and it's French look.

Carolyn/A Southerners Notebook

The DIY Show Off said...

Oh how pretty! Your photos/home are just gorgeous and I love the photo shop technique!

Happy Fall!

Roeshel

Christi @ A Southern Life said...

Chari,

Your red walls are the perfect background for your beautiful Fall table! I love your bird dishes. They are beautiful and your centerpiece is spectacular! Very beautifully done.

Christi

Deanna said...

Dear Chari!
Hello there from Kansas.
I'm delighted that you stopped by for some hot chocolate. It was good to hear from you! Hope you'll come back by sometime.

I luv your header...this is gorgeous!
Every detail you blessed your table with is noticed. BEAUTIFUL.

Think I'll peek around on your pretty blog.

I'm so glad I got to see your Table for Tablescape Thursday,
d from Homehaven

dee dee said...

Chari,
What a beautiful room! I love the amber color stemware, just perfect for fall! Thank you for sharing!
Dee Dee

marie said...

Your bird dishes are BEAUTIFUL!

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Beautiful, Chari! And yes, I can tell you didn't use the flash. Hope you got that little tip from my blog tips post.

Ooooh, ahhhh, all your Fall looks gorgeous. You have some spectacular dishes on display, it is ALL so pretty. Thanks for joining!

Susie Q said...

Your bird dishes are gorgeous!
I am seriously envying them! *laugh* SO pretty...but then, al of your treasures are pretty. Your diing room, your table scape is so warm, elegant and welcoming. I love it all.
I am new here but I will be back often!
May I add you to my blogroll?
Love,
Sue
Happy Fall!

Sue said...

Love your table! And the red walls! I left behind a house with some red walls and I miss them so! I do believe the birds are goldfinch-beautiful. Thanks for stopping by thistlepatch today! I enjoyed visiting with you and will be back.
Sue

Eileen said...

Wow, this is a pretty tablescape! I really love it all, the unique dishes and candlestick holders are the best! And I love the placemats and the napkin holders, and your linens are beautiful too. Great job on the centerpiece creation!
Perfect Fall tablescape!
All the best,
Eileen

nannykim/spindle cottage said...

yup--the photos came out very nicely. I love bird things and love the bird dishes!! What a deal you got!! not sure what kind of bird they are since chickadees (at least mine) have white bellies. I love the fall colors you have used and your centerpiece is smashing! I like the red of the walls with the white of the table. I agree--such a nice color for fall AND Christmas. I had a red living room for a while and I loved it....but I found my room was a bit too dark for my comfort and I ended up painting it after a couple of years. Wish I had a bit more light in my house!

Katie said...

Love that iron centerpiece! You have done a great job.

Carrie said...

What a beautiful table! I love the linens and accessories, and especially the lovely bird plates.

Lori said...

You are so talented!!!!!

I wanted to let you know I changed my bog name to Life As Lori

http://lifeaslori.blogspot.com

Michelle@Sweet Something said...

OMG!!! The dinnerware is pure ART! You have done a splendid job putting this table together...and that centerpiece~love it!! You and I share the same napkins too! Beautiful table! Great job! LOVE IT!
Michelle

Richella said...

Oh! Those dishes!! How beautiful! You must be enjoying them so much!

Chrissy said...

Well.....move over MARTHA is all I can say...my oh my your good!!!Just came by to say hello,but am so glad I did! Hope this finds you well,Chrissy

Mary Ellen (megardengal) said...

Just saw that you won the $25 Hobby Lobby card from Sherri! Congratulations friend!! I know how you love that store!!! Can't wait to see what you buy with your fun money!! I wonder if it will be pretties for another tablescape! You do such a fabulous job on your settings Chari- How long does it take you? It would take me forever to get mine to have the look of perfection like yours does!!

blessings
mary

Debbie Pearson said...

I love your bird plates, they are divine! Perfect colors for a fall tablescape too :) The apothecary was so unique and beautifully decorated. Loved everything about your setting.

Kathryn @ Bonafide Southern said...

Well, I'm back again gazing at your beautiful table! Thanks for stopping by my blog today. You left a comment on my blog that asked about a fall banner I had made this season. I did not stamp the design, instead I found a stencil at Hobby Lobby that I used. I hope that helps. Have a great day!

Lori E said...

The table looks great...of course. I do really like the napkins and the maple leaf rings.

Heidi said...

Hi Chari,
Thanks so much for stopping by and for you sweet comments.
Wow, your dining room is beautiful! I love the rich and vibrant colors, and your table setting is perfect for Fall! The centerpiece is very clever, everything looks great. Aren't you just the best bargain hunter - can't believe the prices you paid on those delightful plates (love the birdies - terrific!)
Have a wonderful weekend, hope you'll come back soon for another visit.
XO
Heidi - Heart and Home

Melissa Miller said...

~WOW!!!! How gorgeous is this table of yours Chari! I love it!
The bird dishes are just simply my favorite that I have seen anywhere around. GORGEOUS job on every single detail here. Love the amazing centerpiece too! Sigh....:)

If I see the other bird plates at Marshalls you're looking for I'll mail them to you okay. I'll keep my eyes peeled for them.

Many Blessings and Happy Fall!
~Love ya girl, ~Melissa :)

Room Service ~ Decorating 101 said...

Your fall table...5*! I love the bird dishes. Now for my thoughts on faux fireplaces...that is what I have in my own dining room, and I love it! Go for it, it adds the same look of warmth and you still have the mantel to display things on. Be sure to let me know what you do.

Zuzu said...

Oh my gosh. I guess I'm posting the 75th comment on this post! Chari, you have been a very busy girl!!! Everything, I do mean everything, looks fantastic! I also like the photos w/o the flash. Pretty, pretty post my dear Colorado friend.

Have a beautiful day!
Zuzu

Starr said...

What a beautiful table Chari! I love it. I especially like that I got to listen to Louie Armstrong while I looked through your pics! *hehe*

Sara's Sweet Surprise said...

Miss Chari~ What a stunning setting!
I love The "MAX!" It's easy to succumb to all his temptations! The dishes there at TJ Max are quite a find, especially when you can get collections that marry as beautifully as yours. I'll have to keep my eye out for some birdy treasures.

Sweet wishes,
Sara

Michelle@Fromhousetohome said...

Ahhh, I just can't get enough of this table and the warm colors. It's just too perfect for the season. Thank you for your sweet comment on my fall decorations, I'm really having fun getting into the autumn spirit. Have a great weekend!
~Michelle

Alicia said...

Those plate are truly wonderful Chari, so is the whole tablescape. I love the color on your walls and the beautiful apothecary filled with fall items.

Thanks for sharing and for stopping by and leaving such a lovely comment. Appreciate you so much! Have a wonderful weekend.

Sunny said...

Simply elegant and inviting. Perfect!
Sunny :)

Kathleen said...

Hi Chari, I am late getting around..
Your table is just beautiful.
All the fall colors and textures are just wonderful..so inviting!
And the song playing so appropriate..
It is Autumn, and I am in NY!

Tomarie said...

Oh Chari! This is just beautiful!! I've always loved your decorating because of your bold and rich colors and accents you choose! You really have such a FLAIR for what's gorgeous!!!!

I was just poppin' in to say Hi and I'm so glad I did! I think you've inspired me to do a little Fall decorating now! :-)
The school year is finally getting a little smoother. You know that first month of school is so hectic and then it gets easier...ahhhhhh! :-)
Hope you're having a great weekend my friend!
Love ya,
L~

Sarah said...

Chari, these are beautiful dishes with the sweet little birds and the leaf napkin rings add a wonderful fall touch. I was out of town much of the week so just now getting by to visit the TT posts. Thanks for sharing this beautiful table. ~ Sarah

Diann @ The Thrifty Groove said...

Oh chari, when you showed us the beautiful plates when you got them, I couldn't wait to see the tablescape with them! And they turned out as beautiful as I imagined! Very nice!

tardevil said...

I've seen alot of pretty tablescapes so far for last week's TT, but I would have to give the Tablescape prize to you. This one is gorgeous! I LOVE that "apothecary jar", and would order one now, if I could! Love those plates too. I'll keep an eye out in my TJM, Marshalls/Home Goods, and let you know if they have them.

Sharing with Sherri said...

Flash or no flash your photos turn out fantastic either way!

Love the tablescape! It's so festive and colorful! Darling maple leave napkin rings too!!

I have no idea what kind of birdies those are but they sure are cute on your plates!

Hugs,
Sherri:)

Anonymous said...

The dinner plates and salad plates are Royal Stafford the pattern is called Decoupage.. You can get extra pieces and the soup bowls at Replacements.com I love the Bird cup and saucer, any idea who makes that? They are gorgeous! Thanks for the inspiration for this fall!

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